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Bruno Mars in orbit again, vying for 11 Billboard awards

May 16th, 2011

Native son Bruno Mars is in orbit again, logging 11 nominations in the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which will be handed out Sunday (May 22) in an ABC telecast originating from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Rihanna leads the field of nominees, with 18, followed by Eminen with 16 and Lady Gaga with 12.
Mars and Justin Bieber are tied with 11 apiece, surely to battle it out in their key categories — Top New Artist and Top Male Artist — since both have extensive fan appeal among the youth demographics.
For Mars, a Honolulan who started his show biz career as an Elvis impersonator, the Billboard competition is yet another step on his very tall ladder (still extended upward and onward) of success.
He's already a Grammy winner, in a career still in freshman stage.
Meanwhile, Jack Johnson, also with Island residency, is the only other local vying in the Billboard competish, earning two nominations (see below).

These are the categories in which Mars is competing — and with whom:
Top New Artist: Mars, along with Justin Bieber, Taio Cruz, Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj.
Top Male Artist: with Bieber, Drake, Eminem and Usher,
Top Hot 100 Artist: with Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Usher.
Top Digital Songs Artist: with Eminem, Ke$ha, Perry and Rihanna.
Top Radio Songs Artist: with Drake, Perry, Rihanna and Usher.
Top Hot 100 Song: Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Eminem with Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie,”Perry with Snoop Dogg’s “California Gurls” and Usher with will.i.am’s “OMG.”
Top Digital Song: Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,”B.o.B. with Hayley Williams “Airplanes,” Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Eminem with Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie”and Perry with Snoop Dogg’s “California Gurls.”
Top Rap Song: B.o.B with Mars’“Nothin’ On You,” B.o.B. with Williams’ “Airplanes,”
Eminem with Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie,” Far*East Movement with. Dev & The Cataracs’ “Like A G6″ and Nelly’s “Just A Dream.”
Top Radio Song: Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” with Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Eminem with Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie,” Usher with Pitbull’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” and Usher with will.i.am’s “OMG.”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,”Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Eminem with Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie,” Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and Nelly’s “Just a Dream.”
Top Pop Song Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” Cruz’s “Dynamite,”Perry with Snoop Dogg’s “California Gurls,” Perry’s “Firework” and Perry’s “Teenage Dream.

Singer -composer Johnson, also of Hawaii, earned two nominations for his “To the Sea” album, in these categories:
Top Alternative Album: with The Black Keys’s “Brothers,”Kings of Leon’s “Come Around Midnight,” Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns”and Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More.”
Top Rock Album: with The Black Keys’“Brothers,” Kid Rock’s “Born Free,” Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns”and Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No Mor.”
Details: www.Billboard.com/BBMA. Also, the awards are prominently showcased in social media sources:
on Twitter at www.twitter.com/billboarddotcom or Facebook at www.facebook.com/billboard.

So do you predict Mars will win at least one, six, or 11 awards?

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